THE SOLIE CHRONICLES — SOLIE’S EYE ON WRESTLING FAMILIES

Posted February 5th, 2011 by 1Wrestling News Team

The Solie Chronicles

Solie’s Eye on Wrestling Families

Regardless of the professional wrestling topic, Gordon Solie always seemed to have not only
a relevant opinion but also the facts to back up his thoughts. During the mid-1970s, Gordon
expressed his views on the state of wrestling families who had graced the mats up to that point in
time:

“Success is nothing new for the Funk family, yet the rewards for being among the elite of
professional wrestling have not diminished the determination of this remarkable family.


TERRY FUNK, GORDON SOLIE, DORY FUNK JR.

“Terry Funk is currently the world heavyweight champion as recognized by the National
Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Older brother, Dory Funk Jr, once held the same laurels for over
four years. Although Dory is now restricted as to challenging for wrestling’s biggest prize, he
is concentrating on setting back potential opponents for Terry and capturing regional honors for
himself.

“Many illustrious families have competed in the ring. None, though, have accomplished as much
as the Funks. Stanislaus Zbyszko won the world championship, a title brother Waldek never
held. Such famous brother combinations as the Duseks, the Garibaldis, the Scotts, the Sharps and
the Zaharias boys never produced a world champion.

“Despite their unique achievement, even Dory Funk must secretly be wondering how Terry will
fare as the kingpin. As the youngest Funk, and a superb grappler with excellent fundamentals,
Terry has always been very aggressive. Terry’s volatile temper has frequently led to violent
outbursts.

“Terry has proudly stated his intention to be an ‘offensive champion,’ carrying the battle to his
rivals. Yet virtually every titleholder in history has eventually come to rely on defensive tactics,
allowing foes to take the chances and make the mistakes. This has been true even for such
volcanic competitors like Gene Kiniski and ‘Wild Bill’ Longson.”

More information about the “Golden Age of Wrestling” is available at www.soliesports.com

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